Around 1,000 people have been forcibly evicted and 10,000 affected by land grabs in Cambodia as a result of land concessions to three sugar companies, according to the research from ActionAid and Oxfam.
“Big business cannot continue to ignore the rights of Cambodian people,” said Caroline McCausland, Country Director of ActionAid Cambodia. “Despite the freeze on Economic Land Concessions, cases like this illustrate the damage that is still being done under the policy.”
“We call upon the Royal Government of Cambodia to investigate thoroughly and hold the companies to account for breaching at least four national laws and sub-decrees,” added Ms. McCausland. “These families are entitled to restitution. They should receive adequate compensation, and their land titles should be restored.”
“To prevent further abuses, the EU and the Royal Government of Cambodia should both examine alternative agricultural investment models. Cambodians are owed the food security and rural development that Economic Land Concessions were supposed to bring,” concluded Ms. McCausland.
(left) Community representative Suon Sorn makes the peoples' voices heard during the launch of the ActionAid-OxfamGB report 'Cambodia: The Bitter Taste of Sugar' at MetaHouse in Phnom Penh on 11 February 2015. The report tackles the consequences for local people of Economic Land Concessions granted to three sugar companies.